Miguel Cabrera: Shutting Up the Haters

Here’s a few things that were written about Miguel Cabrera in Spring Training after his DUI arrest in Florida.

Has the alcoholism for which Miguel Cabrera was treated more than a year ago gripped him so severely that a magnificent baseball player's career, at age 27, is threatened by a disease so unrelenting? –Lynn Henning, Detroit News

And he skated once again, the Pussy Cats happy to enable the player to whom they’ll pay more than $100 million over the next five years because it’s so much easier than holding him accountable. –Jeff Passan, Yahoo

The Tigers are tied to Cabrera because the remaining money in his contract is guaranteed to him under baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. His trade value is diminished for now, and the Tigers cannot cut somone of his immense production without handcuffing their franchise for the remainder of the deal. –Alan Babbitt, Holland Sentinel

(Cabrera is) a public menace. –Mitch Album, Detroit Free Press

…the Tigers should seek voiding the remaining five years -- and $107 million -- of his contract. –Drew Sharp

I mocked them at the time for these statements. You can review those and more of me mocking the haters here, here, here, and here if you like.

Do you “highly respected” reporter jerkoffs remember when you all wrote that crap? I do.

Here’s two more quotes for you from the same time...

It has no effect. It might make some dramatic reading material. It’s not going to do shit. Believe me. Nothing. –Jim Leyland

The point of ALL of this is, you don’t know Cabrera’s situation. As I write this, I’m listening to the commentators on ESPN’s “Around The Horn” calling him an alcoholic, talking about suspending him, saying he needs months of treatment, and all other sorts of ignorant nonsense. Maybe he does. Maybe he doesn’t. Point is, WE DON’T KNOW! Every situation is not the same. Life is not always black and white. It's usually shades of gray. –Me, in this piece, one of my favorites I’ve written here since starting this site.

Jim Leyland and Your Party Host...on the same side for the first time ever.

What’s the point of rehashing all of this? A couple reasons.

1. I love being right.
2. I love when people that disagree with me are wrong.
3. Miguel Cabrera is awesome and the sportswriters that all kicked him while he was down, and are now kissing his ass, fucking make me sick.

Here’s what Cabrera has done this year (with three games to go) in a season that many predicted would be the worst of his career:

Batting Average: .341
Leading the league in hitting, highest average of his career.

Wins Above Replacement (WAR): 6.9
4th in the AL, 2nd highest of his career.

Offensive WAR: 7.6
2nd in the AL, highest offensive WAR of his career.

OBP: .447
Tied for 1st in the AL, highest OBP of his career, 27 points higher than his league-leading mark of last season

Slugging Percentage: .579
2nd in the AL, 2nd highest of his career.

OPS: 1.025
2nd in the AL, 2nd highest of his career.

OPS+: 180
2nd in the AL, highest OPS+ of career, 1 point higher than his league-leading mark of last year.

Doubles: 46
2nd in the AL, 2nd highest of his career.

Walks: 108
2nd in the AL, highest walk total of career.

Yes, his home run and RBI totals are lower compared to recent years. Some are down on him for that. But to them, I say give me a freaking break. 29 homers today is 45 homers ten years ago. As for the RBI total, well it’s hard to knock in runners that don’t exist. With the low OBP guys that have hit in front of Cabrera this season, I’m amazed he’s broken the 100 RBI mark at all. Blame Jim Leyland for that.

More Random Cabrera Stats

Runs Created: 143, highest of his career.

K/Walk ratio: 0.81, lowest of his career. In fact, this will be the lowest total number of strikeouts for Miguel’s career in any full season played.

Average on first pitch swinging: .446

Average with RISP: .397

Point is, Miguel Cabrera is amazing and has put together the second finest season of his amazing young career. Only last year was better. Home runs are the sexy stat, but if you dive inside the numbers, you see how outstanding this year has been for Big Mig. If you figure in all the doubters in the media, the ironically drunken fans heckling him about being a drunk, and everything else the man has gone through this season, it just becomes more and more mind-boggling how great he is.

No matter what happens from here on out this year, THANK YOU Miguel Cabrera for being so awesome at baseball. And thank you for shutting up the judgmental pricks in the stands and in the media.

I'm proud to have had your back from the beginning.